Glendyne students on track for more race fun
Carinity Education Glendyne students were all smiles, but with sore legs, after successfully finishing the Fraser Coast Technology Challenge at their first attempt.
The biggest Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) event for schools in Queensland, the race sees teams of students pedal vehicles around the streets of Maryborough for 24 hours.
Carinity Education Glendyne, an alternative education school in Hervey Bay with just 110 students, only entered a team into an HPV race for the first time in May.
The Fraser Coast Technology Challenge was Team Velocity’s third HPV event, which see school groups design, build, test and race pedal-powered vehicles.
Carinity Education Glendyne Principal Dale Hansen says while Team Velocity didn’t finish on the podium in Maryborough, rival teams commended them on their effort during the event.
“The eight boys put in the best effort, that was above our expectations. While we were last in our division, the team finished the race and had fun. One team member said it was the best fun he has had in years,” Dale says.
“A highlight was the great recognition that was received from other local schools, who never thought that Glendyne would ever be at an event such as this. Glendyne was applauded for their effort.”
Carinity Education Glendyne is looking to expand its HPV program and further incorporate technology education strands into students’ classes at the school.
“We have had a taste of this event, and the students have overcome a lot of fears going into the Fraser Coast race this year,” Team Velocity team manager Mark Macrae says.
“They have developed teamwork, an interest in health and fitness, and comradery amongst themselves in supporting one-another.
“They have been accepted as colleagues by other school students in the HPV community, and they can hold their head high given over 100 cars compete at this year’s Maryborough event.”
To sponsor Team Velocity or to find out more about Carinity Education Glendyne visit the Glendyne website or phone 4128 6199.